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marvel

[mahr-vuh l]
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noun
  1. something that causes wonder, admiration, or astonishment; a wonderful thing; a wonder or prodigy: The new bridge is an engineering marvel.
  2. Archaic. the feeling of wonder; astonishment.
verb (used with object), mar·veled, mar·vel·ing or (especially British) mar·velled, mar·vel·ling.
  1. to wonder at (usually followed by a clause as object): I marvel that you were able to succeed against such odds.
  2. to wonder or be curious about (usually followed by a clause as object): A child marvels that the stars can be.
verb (used without object), mar·veled, mar·vel·ing or (especially British) mar·velled, mar·vel·ling.
  1. to be filled with wonder, admiration, or astonishment, as at something surprising or extraordinary: I marvel at your courage.

Origin of marvel

1250–1300; Middle English mervel < Old French merveil(l)e < Late Latin mīrābilia marvels, noun use of neuter plural of Latin mīrābilis marvelous. See admirable
Related formsmar·vel·ment, noun
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Examples from the Web for marvelling

Historical Examples

  • In this teaching, and marvelling ever at its beauty, Edward grew to manhood.

    A Little Book of Profitable Tales

    Eugene Field

  • I am marvelling, for one thing, that you should have waited thirty years.

    The Lion's Skin

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Marvelling at the greatness of her spirit, he grew—all unconsciously—the more enslaved.

    Love-at-Arms

    Raphael Sabatini

  • When the Hyrcanians heard this they led the way as he ordered, marvelling at his strength of soul.

    Cyropaedia

    Xenophon

  • Often as she slept I watched her, marvelling at the fine perfection of her face.

    The Trail of '98</p>

    Robert W. Service


British Dictionary definitions for marvelling

marvel

verb -vels, -velling or -velled or US -vels, -veling or -veled
  1. (when intr, often foll by at or about; when tr, takes a clause as object) to be filled with surprise or wonder
noun
  1. something that causes wonder
  2. archaic astonishment

Word Origin

C13: from Old French merveille, from Late Latin mīrābilia, from Latin mīrābilis, from mīrārī to wonder at
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for marvelling

marvel

v.

c.1300, "to be filled with wonder," from Old French merveillier "to wonder at, be astonished," from merveille (see marvel (n.)). Related: Marveled; marveling.

marvel

n.

c.1300, "miracle," also "wonderful story or legend," from Old French merveille "a wonder, surprise, miracle," from Vulgar Latin *miribilia (also source of Spanish maravilla, Portuguese maravilha, Italian maraviglia), altered from Latin mirabilia "wonderful things," from neuter plural of mirabilis "wonderful, marvelous, extraordinary; strange, singular," from mirari "to wonder at," from mirus "wonderful" (see smile). A neuter plural treated in Vulgar Latin as a feminine singular. Related: Marvels.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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